Of all the uses for a robotic arm, flinging people around while they play with a virtual reality system has to be one of the best. This immersive flight simulator can provide up to 6 G of force, giving would-be Top Guns a realistic notion of a dogfight.
It's located at Deakin University in Australia, where it's used to train military and police officers. The simulator uses several off-the-shelf technologies, including a Kinect-style motion capture and tracking system, an immersive 3-D visualization display, and the robot arm itself, a modified version of an industrial robot arm. The robot has six degrees of freedom, which allows for two axes of continuous rotation and a realistic G-force acceleration. While it's optimal for flight training, it could also be used for simulating land-based vehicles.
The Formula 1 simulator robot arm we saw previously can also simulate fast motion, but not the G forces one would experience in a barrel roll maneuver.
"No other simulator can provide the full experience of flying a military jet with all the gut wrenching G-forces while only seven meters off the ground," said Professor Saeid Nahavandi, Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin. Imagine playing MW3 with this thing...
I'm guessing that they saw this too....
Cant stand Dubstep 'music!' Could not watch video because of it... I know it wasn't PopSci that made it. That sound should never have left the rave parties where it started
I didn't look at the video. I just keep looking at the title and think to myself "6 G's of ACCELERATION"! You know...6 times 9.81 meters per second squared (at sea level)? 6 times 32.2 feet per second squared? This is almost as bad as the Wired article that explained how bullet trains experience "centrifugal force". This really makes me sad.
Hey pusher, you ever notice how ignorance always speaks the loudest? Talk about bad music!